Course offerings in music are designed to give each student an integrated approach to theory, history, music technology, composition, electronic music, and performance--experience in all these areas being essential to the understanding of music as an artistic and intellectual achievement. Theory courses allow the student to work with musical material, to understand modes of organization in composition, and to employ methods of musical analysis. History courses introduce students to methods of studying the development of musical genres and the relationship of music to the other arts and areas of thought. Composition and songwriting courses introduce students to methods of style, structure, and organization of musical material. Students develop performing skills through private study and through participation in the choir, madrigal ensemble, Gospel choir, Big Band, performance ensembles, and jazz ensemble or one of many rock and pop ensembles. Ongoing concerts in the Mallery Concert series and the Electric Café series, as well as Symphony in C concerts, feature renowned musicians and provide an opportunity for students to be exposed to a rich variety of music styles.
Major core and track requirements can be completed only through face-to-face classes.
For students interested in musical theater, please see Theater 965
Applied Music 701
The aim of performance studies is to present music as a liberal art, for its value as literature, and as a record of one aspect of human achievement. The music program offers instruction in instrumental and vocal music with a distinguished faculty of artist associates.
Music students are expected to acquire and improve performing techniques as a necessary means of cultivating the art. Music majors enrolled in applied music are required to meet and demonstrate clearly regulated student outcomes through juried examination each semester. Should a student not meet the standards set by the department, the level must be repeated.
Note that an additional student fee for private instruction is required.
Off-Campus Online Courses
The Department of Visual, Media, and Performing Arts at Rutgers University-Camden offers students the opportunity to fulfill degree programs by taking a number of online courses. These courses cover a variety of topics and meet all general education requirements.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to, the following:
Introduction to Music Theory*
Introduction to Music*
African Influence on American Music
Latin American Music
American Popular Song, 1920-1980
Gender in Music
American Music in the 1960s
Robert Johnson and the Blues
The History of Jazz
The Music of the 27s Club
Facing the Music*
American Contemporary Composers
Rock and Roll
Instrumentation in Music
Music in Film
*Not open to music majors.
Registration can be completed on the Rutgers University Schedule of Classes website.
Please note, online courses run on a rotating basis.
Online courses on other campuses require special permission. Please contact the undergraduate program director for more information.